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Morn’n Rumblings: In-state recruit de-commits from Bama; Bowl gifts; CFP odds; Vandy clearing house while others giving raises

Receiver Tyron Johnson is the top target in the state, and he's uncommitted.

Receiver Tyron Johnson is the top target in the state, and he’s uncommitted.

  • LSU might have made some progress in securing commits from more of the state’s top-10 ranked talent. Four star receiver Daylon Charlot dropped his commitment from Alabama after visiting LSU over the weekend, 247Sports.com and Scout.com reported Sunday. Charlot, the No. 5 ranked player in the state in the 2015 class, had been committed to the Tide since February.
  • LSU has commits from just four of the top 10 players in the state. If that holds, that would be the smallest number of top-10 Louisiana to sign with LSU under coach Les Miles. There’s plenty of time to change that, though. National Signing Day isn’t until Feb. 4, and four of the top-10 Louisiana recruits are now uncommitted.
  • It’s bowl season, and that means that it’s time to browse the list of bowl gifts. The NCAA allows players to receive gifts from bowls worth $550 or less. Here’s the full list. LSU is bound for the Music City Bowl, where they’ll receive Fossil watches (who wears a watch anymore?). Some of the most interesting gifts around the nation: winter coat, winter gloves, winter beanie from the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl; custom-made Fathead for each player with their likeness in the Quick Lane Bowl.
  • Vanderbilt is really cleaning house. The Commodores fired their defensive coordinator a week after dismissing their offensive coordinator. Vandy finished last in the SEC this season at 3-9 and failed to win a conference game.

  • After being shut out of the College Football Playoff, the Big 12 will reassess itself, according to this AP story. The league’s co-champions, TCU and Baylor, didn’t make the final four – in part because the conference lacked a championship game. Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports says the Big 12 should target two of four teams for expansion to 12 teams (the minimum needed for a championship game, according to NCAA rules): Boise State, BYU, UCF and Cincinnati. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby weighed on who he thought should have gotten the fourth spot instead of Ohio State:

  • Alabama is an 11 to 10 favorite to win the College Football Playoff according to Bovada. Check out all of the CFP odds from them:

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  • Tennessee coach Butch Jones received a two-year extension and a raise to $3.6 million, the school announced Monday. Jones was reportedly contacted by Michigan but spurned the Wolverines. He received a nearly $700,000 raise following his second season with the program. The Volunteers went 6-6 this year. It’s that time of year – for coaching raises and extensions. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze received a raise and extensions earlier this year and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is close to receiving something similar, according to The Clarion-Ledger:

Things to Know: Music City Bowl

The wait is over.

LSU is set to meet Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl. Here are some facts about LSU’s bowl destination.

The Basics:

When: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30

Where: LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.

Stadium Capacity: 68,798.

Why: Arkansas was selected for the Texas Bowl. Tennessee was selected for the TaxSlayer Bowl.

TV: ESPN.

Payout: $3.5 million.

Selection Order: ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC.

Tickets: Click here.

Schedule of events: Click here.

The History:

LSU’s last appearance: First time appearance.

LSU record there: 0-0.

Who’s been there most: Kentucky.

SEC’s Record: 7-8. The SEC has won the bowl three consecutive years.

Most Notable MVP: C.J. Spiller, Clemson RB, 2009. Spiller has shown sparks of brilliance since being drafted to the Buffalo Bills in 2010, but there was no denying who the best player on the field was in the 2009 Music City Bowl. Spiller accounted for 172 all-purpose yards and a touchdown in his final college contest as Clemson beat Kentucky 21-13.

Most Notable Game: Kentucky 28, Clemson 20, 2006. Favored by 10 points, an 8-4 ranked Clemson squad was the obvious pick against an unranked 7-5 Kentucky team. But the Wildcats refused to end their season on a negative note. Kentucky jumped out to a 21-6 lead in the third quarter as junior quarterback Andre Woodson threw three touchdown passes. Despite a late Clemson surge, Kentucky recovered the onside attempt on the final kickoff, running out the clock and sealing the upset victory.

Name Game: Back in 2002, the game was officially titled the Gaylord Hotel’s Music City Bowl. In 2010, Franklin American Mortgage jumped on as a sponsor, leading to the bowl’s current name, the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

Fun Facts:

The Upset Bowl: The Music City Bowl has a long list of upsets under its belt. Ten-point underdog Kentucky won in 2006, seven-point favorite Arkansas lost to Minnesota in 2004, and six-point favorite Minnesota fell to Virginia in 2005, among others.

Success against the Irish: LSU has won both of its previous bowl matchups against Notre Dame by a combined score of 68-23.

Weather: The average high temperature in December in Nashville is 50 degrees. The average low is 31 degrees.

How I Voted: Week 15

Alabama and coach Nick Saban won the SEC titles, and they're our No. 1 team. (AP)

Alabama and coach Nick Saban won the SEC titles, and they’re our No. 1 team. (AP)

How I Voted will be a weekly blog in which Ross Dellenger reveals his AP Top 25 voting with a blurb on each explaining that team’s ranking.

  1. Alabama
  2. Florida State
  3. Oregon
  4. Baylor (UP 1)
  5. TCU (DOWN 1)
  6. Ohio State
  7. Michigan State
  8. Mississippi State (UP 1)
  9. Ole Miss (UP 5)
  10. Kansas State (DOWN 2)
  11. Georgia (UP 4)
  12. Georgia Tech
  13. Arizona (DOWN 2)
  14. Clemson (UP 3)
  15. Louisville (UP 1)
  16. Auburn (UP 2)
  17. UCLA (UP 2)
  18. Missouri DOWN 5)
  19. Wisconsin (DOWN 9)
  20. Arizona State (UP 2)
  21. Utah 
  22. LSU (UP 1)
  23. Minnesota (UP 1)
  24. Southern Cal
  25. Nebraska (NR)
  • Others considered: Memphis, Duke, Boise State
  • Biggest jump: Ole Miss jumped five spots to No. 9. The Rebels soared up the rankings while not playing.
  • Biggest fall: Wisconsin dropped nine spots to No. 19 after being beaten 59-0 by Ohio State.
  • Questionable move: We jumped Baylor over TCU after the Bears’ win over Kansas State. The two teams’ resumes are very similar, but the Bears beat the Horned Frogs in head to head competition.
  • Newbies: No. 25 Nebraska
  • Dropped out: Oklahoma (20)

LSU national bowl projections: Week 14

Here’s the updated list of national bowl projections for the LSU Tigers heading into the championship/final weekend of the regular season.

Bowl bids will be announced Sunday after the College Football Playoff semifinals are announced, probably around 3:30 p.m.

There remains a huge disparity in LSU’s  bowl projections, everything from a return trip to the Outback Bowl (unlikely) to the Independence Bowl (even more unlikely, nearly nil).

Our pick continues to be for the Taxslayer (formerly Gator) Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, though LSU’s prospects of returning to Houston for the Texas Bowl also remain high.

Here’s a link to our analysis of LSU’s bowl prospects earlier this week.

National bowl projections

  • Bill Bender, The Sporting News: Texas Bowl vs. Texas
  • CollegeFootballNews.com: Independence Bowl vs. Virginia Tech
  • CollegeSportsMadness.com: Outback Bowl vs. Nebraska
  • Zac Ells, SI.com: Taxslayer vs. Maryland
  • Mike Huguenin, NFL.com: Texas Bowl vs. Texas
  • Jason Kirk, SBNation.com: Liberty Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Stewart Mandel, FoxSports.com: Taxslayer vs. Maryland
  • Brett McMurphy, ESPN.com: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Louisville
  • Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com: Texas Bowl vs. Texas
  • Brant Parsons, Orlando Sentinel: Belk Bowl vs. Notre Dame
  • Alex Scarborough (SEC blogger) and Adam Rittenberg (Big Ten blogger), ESPN.com: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Iowa
  • Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com: Belk Bowl vs. North Carolina
  • Erick Smith, USA Today: Music City Bowl vs. Minnesota
  • Phil Steele, PhilSteele.com: Liberty Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Jim Tomlin, Tampa Bay Times: Texas Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Christopher Wilson, Yahoo! Sports: Music City Bowl vs. Duke

Bowl guide

  • Independence Bowl, Dec. 27, Shreveport
  • Liberty Bowl, Dec. 29, Memphis
  • Texas Bowl, Dec. 29, Houston
  • Belk Bowl, Dec. 30, Charlotte
  • Music City Bowl, Dec. 30, Nashville
  • Outback Bowl, Jan. 1, Tampa
  • Taxslayer Bowl, Jan. 2, Jacksonville

Les Miles congratulates new Florida coach, alludes to his future at LSU

In a tweet Thursday afternoon, LSU coach Les Miles congratulated new Florida coach Jim McElwain and suggested that he’d be the Tigers’ coach for years to come.

Within about 30 minutes, the tweet had been retweeted more than 400 times.

Miles’ name has been floated by multiple national outlets as one of the top candidates for the open job at Michigan, his alma mater. The Wolverines flirted with Miles during openings in 2007 and 2010. They offered him the job in 2010, according to former athletic director Skip Bertman and several others around the program.

It’s unclear if Miles has been approached by Michigan since the school fired Brady Hoke last week.

It’s also unclear if Miles or a school administrator posted the tweet. Either way, Miles, at the least, would have approved the tweet.

The coach was in Florida recruiting on Thursday.

Mornin’ Rumblings: National folks on Les Miles-to-Michigan

"Have a great day," Les Miles says to reporter during an impromptu press conference before the 2007 SEC title game. (Travis Spradling)

“Have a great day,” Les Miles says to reporter during an impromptu press conference before the 2007 SEC title game. (Travis Spradling)

Michigan is searching for a football coach for the third time in Les Miles’ 10 years at LSU.

The two have a connection – Miles and Michigan. Here’s our story explaining all of that. 

The coach’s name has popped up over the last two days as one of the top candidates for the position at Michigan, and we rounded up the national buzz below, including Bovada‘s odds:

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  • ESPN.com‘s Adam Rittenberg, like the above odds, has Harbaugh and Miles as his top two candidates for the Michigan job, and it’s not because of their Michigan connection. “Because they win,” Rittenberg writes in this story.
  • Les Miles is the second name mentioned in FoxSports.com‘s top eight candidates who could turn Michigan around. Bruce Feldman writes that Miles is expected to be considered by the Wolverines. 
  • SI.com’s Michael Rosenberg might deliver the most interesting opinion on Miles. Rosenberg claims that Michigan never planned to hire Miles in 2007 or in 2010, when then-AD Dave Brandon flew and met with Miles in Baton Rouge. Several people, including former LSU AD Skip Bertman, say Miles was offered the Michigan job during that meeting. Here are the two paragraphs from Rosenberg’s story and here’s the full thing:

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  • ESPN‘s Skip Bayless, known for his outlandish comments, said on ESPN radio that Les Miles will take the Michigan job if offered. “That’s my gut feeling,” he said.
  • Bleacher Report‘s Adam Kramer says Michigan should be thinking “Miles or bust” in its coaching search. “Michigan could finally find the stable ground it has so desperately been seeking,” Kramer writes in this post.
  • Enough with the national folks. How about a little local flavor? Detroit Free Press columnist Shawn Windsor says, in this column, that Miles’ history at LSU proves he’s not the right fit for Michigan. Windsor’s No. 1 question mark: the development of a quarterback.
  • The Chicago Tribune‘s Teddy Greenstein lists Miles No. 1 on his list of possible replacement for Brady Hoke. “He played for Bo Schembechler and still has great affection for Michigan,” he writes in this column.
  • Mlive.com lists Miles No. 2 on a two-man list of candidates: Jim Harbaugh is in the No. 1 spot. The site then lists several candidates under the “other candidates” header. “Is this finally the occasion where everything clicks between these two parties?” the site says in the report.

Twitter Mailbag: You asked about offensive wrinkles, bowl games and more

Where will LSU go bowling this winter? (Heather McClelland)

Where will LSU go bowling this winter? (Heather McClelland)

Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football team. Readers submit their questions through Twitter each Tuesday, and the best are posted here with answers. Follow us on Twitter at @DellengerAdv to submit a question.

There aren’t many rumblings about coaching changes like there were last season, when OL coach Greg Studrawa, late in the year, was rumored to be on his way out.

Will there be coaching changes? Probably. A major college program retaining each staff member after any season is a rarity. However, it does appear that no one on LSU’s staff is getting pushed out in any way. If someone isn’t on the staff come next season, it sounds as if it’ll be their choice to leave.

You nailed it. The jet sweep and the designed QB runs were effective and impressive, and LSU has little faith in its passing game. But would you?

The Tigers are in a situation where they have a struggling quarterback and some young receivers. So they’re using other ways to move the football. That includes running the ball, running the ball and – you guessed it – running the ball.

Want an example of no confidence? Look no further than the final play of the first half in the win at Texas A&M. With 12 seconds left and at the A&M 10 – with no timeouts – LSU kicked a field goal. That’s just the situation they were in this season: no faith in the passing offense.

Maybe it’s both. More than a half-dozen times this season Harris has appeared to be lost on a play. Clearly, he doesn’t know the offense as good as coaches would like.

However, the kid got the start in a game at the defending SEC champions (Auburn) and then didn’t get significant playing time for six straight games. Something doesn’t add up.

Harris should have every opportunity during the off-season to win the starting job. If he doesn’t win the job, it won’t be because he’s the least talented.

We should have a pretty good idea after spring practice of who has the edge for the starting gig. If it’s not Harris, he could leave the school. I have no idea if he would, but others have done so in the past.

Les Miles last week said that the staff hasn’t made the decision about its QB for the future and that’s why Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris split the practice snaps.

See below for your next question.

There are reports and rumblings – primarily centering around former Clemson QB and current East Mississippi Community College QB Chad Kelly. Kelly is a New York native who was dismissed from Clemson in the spring for, possibly, fighting with coaches.

He was a four star prospect ranked as the No. 5 dual-threat QB out of high school in 2012. Rivals.com has reported that Kelly has an offer from LSU. Other recruiting sites have disputed that. Either way, it’s safe to say that LSU is at least somewhat interested in Kelly.

I haven’t heard this from any credible source or outlet. Also, I’m unsure what Miller’s future is now that his replacement, freshman J.T. Barrett, has a broken leg.

This is a tough question to answer. Players don’t normally reveal their decisions until after the bowl game, and, many times, their decisions are made based on personal-life circumstances rather than draft projections.

LSU juniors with the best draft projections include DE Danielle Hunter, LG Vadal Alexander and CBs Jalen Mills and Jalen Collins.

There’s a good bet that half of that group above will leave. There are more possible early departures: LB Kwon Alexander and LT Jerald Hawkins (a draft-eligible sophomore).

The over-under on early departures? We’ll set it at 3.

Most likely bowl destinations with that bowl’s possible opponents:

  1. Advocare Texas Bowl, Houston: Texas, West Virginia
  2. Taxslayer Bowl, Jacksonville: Minnesota, Maryland, Notre Dame, Nebraska
  3. AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Memphis: West Virginia, Texas

Indefinitely suspended. Robinson’s status hasn’t changed since his suspension began the week of the game against Alabama.

Interesting question. Preseason rankings are based, many times, on the final rankings of the previous year. LSU will likely finish just outside or just inside the final rankings this year depending on the result of the bowl. Here’s our over/under on LSU’s preseason ranking for 2015: No. 18.

Report: “Significant disagreement” at Michigan whether to pursue LSU coach Les Miles

LSU coach Les Miles just completed his 10th year with the Tigers. (Travis Spradling)

LSU coach Les Miles just completed his 10th year with the Tigers. (Travis Spradling)

UPDATE: Hoke has been fired at Michigan.

Brady Hoke hasn’t been fired yet at Michigan, but LSU coach Les Miles’ name has already popped up on at least one respected website.

Michigan administrators are in a “significant disagreement” about the potential candidacy of Miles, FootballScoop.com reported in a story posted Tuesday.

Miles, an Ohio native who just finished his 10th season at LSU, played at Michigan and still publicly roots for his alma mater. The Wolverines have courted Miles during head coaching searches twice over the last seven years, both ending with the coach remaining at LSU.

Some at the school, according to FootballScoop.com, are afraid of that happening again.

From the report:

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Interim Michigan  athletic director Jim Hackett is expected to meet with Hoke on Tuesday afternoon to deliver the coach’s fate.

In his fourth seasons, Hoke and the Wolverines went 5-7 this season and suffered a third straight loss to rival Ohio State. His teams have progressively gotten worse: 11-2, 8-5, 7-6 and this year’s losing mark, the first since 2009.

Michigan courted Miles to replace Lloyd Carr after the 2007 season, a flirtation that became so strong that ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit reported that Miles had accepted the head job at Michigan.

That spawned this well-known press conference hours before LSU played Tennessee in the SEC championship game in 2007.

Michigan ultimately hired Rich Rodriguez. The school again pursued Miles in 2010 after firing Rodriguez. It ultimately hired Hoke.

Hoke made $2.8 million a year at Michigan, according to figures from USA Today. That ranks 30th in the nation. Miles makes $4.3 million a year. He received a two-year contract extension through 2019 following the 2012 season.

Miles has such a connection to Michigan that UM is in the coach’s original contract with LSU. Miles would owe the school $1.25 million if he left for Michigan, according to the deal.

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Miles played on the offensive line for legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler in 1974-75. He was a graduate assistant in 1980-81 and coached the Wolverines offensive line in 1987-1994.

Les Miles has won two SEC titles and a national championship at LSU. (Angela Major)

Les Miles has won two SEC titles and a national championship at LSU. (Angela Major)

If Michigan did pursue Miles, it’s unclear if he’d be interested. Three of his four children are in elementary school or high school in Baton Rouge.

In July at Southeastern Conference media days, Miles said, “I hope I’m here for 10 more years.”

When asked about the Michigan job last week, Miles said he’d given “little or no thought” to any other head coaching jobs.

“I am so comfortable with my team and doing what I’m doing. I do not read the paper. I certainly respect and love Michigan and wish them the very best,” he said.

Film Room: LSU 23, Texas A-M 17

Welcome to Film Room, our weekly analysis of LSU’s last football game. Have a seat. No talking. No tweeting. No texting. Pay attention.

(click photos to enlarge)

How They Happened (big-play analysis)

Ran over: One second down-and-5, LSU running back Leonard Fournette ran for a 22-yard touchdown, bullying over Texas A&M safety Howard Matthews in the process.

  • Everyone knows what’s about to happen in the below screen shot – Fournette will hit Matthews so hard that he sends the senior onto his back. The run was ranked No. 1 on ESPN SportsCenter’s top-10 plays, but how exactly was it set up? Credit some nifty play-calling, fullback John David Moore and LG Vadal Alexander and LT La’el Collins.FournetteTD
  • First, the play-calling. On first down the previous play, LSU ran a similar rushing play with Fournette. On that play, Fournette ran left to the tight end’s side and with the line blocking toward him – left. On second down, LSU’s tight end moved to the right side of the field and the linemen blocked right. Ah, but Fournette cutback left. This fooled A&M’s backside linebackers (black arrow), who chose to go the opposite way of Fournette.
  • Moore, a redshirt freshman, took out two men with his block (red circle). It’s a kickout block that’s key to the play. Collins and Alexander combined to crush one lineman (black circle).

Jet sweep, jet sweep, jet sweep: On second-and-6, Travin Dural gained 19 yards on the longest of his four carries on the jet sweep.

  •  Cameron implemented a few wrinkles to LSU’s offense. None were bigger than the jet sweep, which LSU ran about a half-dozen times, four of them to Dural (for 49 yards). In this particular one – and in some of the others.
  • JetLSU took advantage of A&M’s focus: Fournette. Three A&M defenders at the second level follow the fake from QB Anthony Jennings to Fournette (red lines).
  • Another reason the jet sweep worked so well: A&M had nine of its 11 players on one half of the field. The Tigers had to block just two guys on the outside for Dural to gain 5-plus yards. WR John Diarse and TE Travis Dickson got those blocks.
  • Diarse, outside of this screen shot, took care of his man, but it’s Dickson (red circle) who really got the key block to spring Dural down the sideline. He took out two guys with his block. Dillon Gordon, on the end of the line, pushed his man down the field as well. “They didn’t know if we were handing it off on that jet sweep or if we were running the ball downhill,” Jennings said. “That kind of confusion on their part helped us.”

Jennings keeper: On second-and-10, Anthony Jennings ran for 36 yards to inside the Texas A&M 20-yard line on a drive that ended in a touchdown and a 14-7 LSU lead.

  • Jennings ran for 119 yards against A&M, and this was his longest of the carries – a read-option keeper that set up a score. This run in particular was made successful for some of the same reasons as the jet sweep to your left: A&M defenders on the second level were focused on the running back (this time Magee), and Dickson made a solid, springing block down field.JenningsKeeper
  • Dickson played the best game of his season – if not his career. He served as the key blocker on many of LSU’s outside runs (Jennings’ carries and jet sweeps). Here, Dickson cut up field, leaving A&M star DE Myles Garrett to Collins, who got the block.
  • Jennings made the right call to pull the ball from the belly of Magee. Why give off to Magee to run to the side of the field with six second-level defenders when the QB can keep it and run to the side with one second-level guy?

Scoring run: On third-and-3, A&M RB Trey Williams runs for a 41-yard touchdown in the first quarter.A&MRunTD

  • The key in this play is what LB Kwon Alexander (red circle and black arrow) doesn’t do. He doesn’t stay at home in his spot, instead bouncing outside (red line) while Williams runs through the left side hole inside.
  • Three other LSU defenders – Danielle Hunter, Davon Godchaux and Kendell Beckwith (red circles) – are blocked out by A&M offensive linemen. The Aggies simply block this one well and create a small seam for Williams in the left guard-tackle gap.

The ole pick play: On third and 4 from the A&M 10-yard line, Jennings hits a wide open John Diarse for a touchdown.

  • Not really any explanation here. Travin Dural leads his defender into the defender covering Diarse. It leaves him wide open.

Behind ‘Hawk': On second-and- 5 late in the fourth quarter, LSU RB Leonard Fournette runs for 46 yards behind Jerald “Hawk” Hawkins. FournetteRun

  • This is a game-changing run. It comes with five minutes left and sets up Colby Delhoussaye’s field goal to make it 23-17.
  • LSU moves Hawkins from his position at right tackle to left tight end. And the Tigers run behind a guy who goes by the nickname “Hawk.” He and LT La’el Collins (red circles) get key blocks and then Connor Neighbors leads through the hole to spring Fournette an extra 20 yards with his block.

Big Ugly Blips and Booms (O-line analysis)

  • LSU ran the ball for 384 yards so, naturally, these guys had a big day. Here’s our counters for blips (poor blocks leading to an unsuccessful play) and booms (good blocks leading to a successful play) for the O-line:

Blips: 10

Booms: 24

  • The key battle on the line was LT La’el Collins against A&M’s star DE, Myles Garrett. The Tigers ran right at Garrett, frustrating him at times. On passing downs, though, Garrett had success. Here are a couple of Vines of the Collins vs. Garrett matchup:

  • Another thing LSU did on at least three occasions: Move RTHawkinsTE Jerald Hawkins to the left side at tight end and run behind him. In those three times, LSU ran for 79 yards. That’s a 26-yard average per carry. Terrence Magee gaines 26 yards on the run to the right behind Hawkins (red circle).

Monday Morning Quarterback (QB analysis)

  • Anthony Jennings said after the win over A&M that this was his best game. It was. He had just two misfires on passes (an overthrow of an open Connor Neighbors and a poor throw deep to Malachi Dupre).
  • Clearly, LSU OC Cam Cameron implemented some new things in his offense for this game. It included running Jennings, specially him keeping the ball on zone reads. The QB had 14 carries for 119 yards. Here’s a breakdown of Jennings’ run:

Zone Read Keepers: 9 for 112 yards

Option Keepers: 2 for 14 yards

  • Jennings’ interception can’t solely be blamed on him, but it does appear that Travin Dural wasn’t ready for the ball. Jennings threw a bit too early, but Dural didn’t do a good enough job of gaining the inside edge on the route.

  • Do you like the triple option? LSU ran it several times against A&M. OK, it’s not the Georgia Tech triple option you’re used to. It’s a different kind. On this one, Jennings rolls out for the FB pass and misses Neighbors. He could have done two other things, also. Check it out below:

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Backing It Up (RB/FB analysis)

  • Something obvious here: No. 2 FB Melvin Jones didn’t play. That’s the second straight game in which Jones did not play. It follow his dropped pass in the loss to Alabama in overtime three weeks ago, a crucial drop that put the Tigers in a hole. 
  • FB Connor Neighbors caught two passes in plays that Jones would normally be in on. Neighbors also had eight – EIGHT – booms in the running game.

Five-yard Out (WR analysis)

  • The receivers made their biggest mark in the running game. John Diarse was a blocking force to the outside, finishing the game with about three booms. He’s clearly taken over for Trey Quinn as LSU’s third-down, slot-receiver who’s main job is to run block. Quinn – like Jones – appears to have been penalized with playing time for key drops against Alabama.
  • Dural was targeted more than any other receiver at about five times. Next was Neighbors, who Jennings threw to three times. Jennigns was 1 for 2 in passes to Malachi Dupre.

Front Seven (D-line/LB analysis)

  • Solid performance on the line. In the place of Danielle Hunter – who left in 2Q with a neck injury – the Tigers got a good showing from Tashawn Bower. DE Jermauria Rasco had his usual 2-3 attacks, a key defensive play that leads to an unsuccessful offensive play.
  • MLB Kendell Beckwith may have had the best game of his career. He finished with two pressures (plays in which a defender pressures a QB) and three attacks. Beckwith continues to play with great instincts and quickness. Examples:

Break It Up (DB analysis)

  • That last Vine is a good segue to safety Jamal Adams. Like Beckwith, Adams showed great instincts, quickness and a solid ability to make the tackle in one-on-one situations. He was the star for the secondary in this one. Check out this key play late in the game:

Lagniappe

Our only Lagniappe today is two shots of the alleged offsides by LSU DL Sione Teuhema on the Tigers’ game-clinching interception. What do you think?

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Screen shots courtesy of ESPN.